Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, and Comet, a C.A.R.E. adoptee, will act as Strut Grand Marshalls for the Community Animal Rescue Effort’s 17th Annual Strut for Strays on Saturday, May 12.

This fundraiser brings the C.A.R.E. community and their dogs together for a three-mile morning walk. The Strut course starts at Ladd Arboretum on McCormick Boulevard, and meanders along the beautiful Sculpture Park to Dempster Street and then back to the Arboretum.

In addition to the walk, participants can look forward to the Doggie Carnival, hot coffee and snacks and the chance to interact with dogs of all shapes and sizes. Former C.A.R.E. dogs (and their people) will have a chance to pose for an Alumni Photo.

A pledge of $30 guarantees entry and a goodie bag, while a pledge of $50 guarantees entry, a Strut T-shirt and goodie bag. Pledge forms can be downloaded from the C.A.R.E. website at www.care-evanston.org. Funds raised from the Strut are used for C.A.R.E.’s operational expenses for pet food, medical care, adoption outreach and more.

The Strut is made possible by support from Mary Summerville of Jameson|Sotheby’s Realty, Dr. Julia Weertman, DDS, Wendy DeCarlo and The Dog Obedience Group, and Evanston Subaru in Skokie.

On-site registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and walkers step off at 9:30 a.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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